One of These Things is Not Like the Others

As a kid I watched Sesame Street. Along with some really memorable songs and how to count in Spanish, the one thing has stuck with me was a type of segment where the screen was divided into four quarters and four things showed up in those quarters. The audience was invited to figure out which of these things was different from the other three. There was even a catchy tune to help everyone get in the mood to find sameness and differentness. No judgement was passed about better and worse, the differences were just noted. I was good at the game and playing it made me happy in a preschool way.

Now I’m all grown up and I have four kids, I still play that game all the time. The trouble is that depending on what parameter I pick, each kid has a chance to be the different one. This pleases the child in me who could always see how blue vs red was not the only available difference between the four fuzzy monsters on the screen. My kids are all similar and they are all different.